Depression can be a normal response to the stress of life. It can also be something that can arise in the absence of an event or experience. Depression becomes problematic when it begins to impact your ability to function or when it interferes with the quality of your life.
Depressive symptoms include problems with sleep, appetite, attention and concentration, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness, an inability to enjoy things, lack of a sex drive, social withdrawal, low energy, poor motivation, and sometimes thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Sometimes children can exhibit different symptoms than adults, such as irritability or acting out.
Depression is more than a couple bad days; depression can last for weeks or longer. Depression has been shown to run in families and can be triggered by a variety of stressful events (e.g., the death of a loved one, a significant loss, a disappointing event, or problems in one’s social or occupational life). Depression can also be triggered by a bio-chemical imbalance.
The counselors at Grand Junction Counseling offer a wide variety of approaches to treating depression. Learn how to manage depressive symptoms, change negative self-talk, engage in pleasurable activities, challenge erroneous belief systems, find meaning in your life, and process or explore the possible causes of your depression and identify what may be perpetuating your depression.
Note: If you or someone you know are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, talk with someone who can help right away. You can call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) and be connected to a trained counselor. You can also make a call on behalf of a friend or family member.
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